FLOOD UPDATE: DONATION REQUESTS, VECTOR CONTROL, WATER DIVERSION, LAW ENFORCEMENT

FLOOD UPDATE: DONATION REQUESTS, VECTOR CONTROL, WATER DIVERSION, LAW ENFORCEMENT

Hatch High School reports being “inundated” with donations of clothing, and asks that all donations from this point forward be coordinated through the Las Cruces offices of the Community Action Agency, the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army.

Additional collection sites may soon be established in the nearby communities of Radium Springs and/or Rincon.

With 172 evacuees being tended to in the high school, there is no room for additional on-site clothing donations.

In other developments, Doña Ana County Vector Control has arrived on the scene to fog for mosquitoes.
Fifteen pumps are being used to pull water out of the downtown areas and into nearby canals that channel water into the Rio Grande. Heavy equipment is standing by to assist with clean-up efforts as the water recedes.
Hatch Ambulance is nearly ready to re-open its headquarters.

National Guard troops are on the ground to assist with law enforcement and traffic control. Roadblocks remain on Highways 185 and 154, preventing inbound traffic from entering the Village of Hatch.

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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (505) 647-7914.